Muslims in the northwest metro marked the end of Ramadan Friday with a prayer service and celebration at Brooklyn Junior High in Brooklyn Park.
During Ramadan, Muslims fast for 30 days. Fasting is one of the five principals of Islam.
"To sympathize with those who don't have, that's the essence of fasting," said Imam Mohammed Dukuly with the Masjid Al-Ansar Islamic Community Center in Brooklyn Center.
Imam Dukuly preached about humanity, but he also talked about terrorism.
"There is no verse in the Quran that requires Muslims to go and join any group to fight and eliminate or kill people," he said.
For months, Islamic State terrorists have encouraged Muslim followers to target U.S. military personnel. On Thursday, four Marines were killed in Tennessee by a gunman who came from middle-class Muslim family. An FBI-led investigation is underway to determine whether there's a link to terrorism.
"It's sad, it's a tragedy. That does not represent Islam at all," said Kafumba Kromah, president of the Minnesota Mandingo Association.
Muslims in the northwest metro say they want to build stronger ties within the community. There are at least 3,000 members at the Masid Al-Ansar Islamic Center in Brooklyn Center, where there is space the Muslim community rents. Fundraising efforts are underway to raise money to make it a permanent place to pray.
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